The UTS community has been saddened by the death of the University’s founding Vice-Chancellor, Emeritus Professor RD (Gus) Guthrie, on 12 January 2013.
“Gus’s contribution to UTS cannot be overstated,” said Professor Peter Booth, Acting Vice-Chancellor. Professor Guthrie was President of NSWIT from 1986 until 1988, when the Institute was reconstituted as UTS, and served as VC until his retirement in 1996.
“Gus guided NSWIT’s transition to a respected university, with strong academic leadership, professionalism, flair and dedication,” said Professor Booth. “There can be no doubt that Gus Guthrie’s leadership and his personal standing and availability as its first Vice-Chancellor were major factors in the Government’s decision to create the University of Technology, Sydney, in 1988.”
The resulting amalgamations with the Kuring-gai college of Advanced Education and the Institute of Technical and Adult Teacher Education are widely acknowledged to have been among the most successful in the country.
In recognition of his services to UTS, Professor Guthrie was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University on his retirement. He went on to found a consultancy service, working in higher education management, fund-raising and innovation. In December 1996 he accepted an invitation from the NSW Government to chair the new Innovation Council, and later from Australian Business Ltd to chair its educational foundation.
“Gus will be greatly missed by his UTS colleagues, past and present,” said Professor Booth. “He will always be remembered for his warmth and humour; and for his unparalleled contribution to UTS, and to the higher education sector.”